The NASA facility supporting Launch Complex 39, the John F. Kennedy Space Center is the largest operational launch to date. Its visitor complex offers exhibits, displays, attractions and artifacts from past spaceflights, as well as information about the future of human and robotic missions. Visitors can witness a rocket launch in person, meet a veteran astronaut, and watch a 3-D IMAX® space film.
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Spent the day here before leaving on a cruise from Port Canaveral. Every thing about this place is quality. It is not your typical tourist trap and the focus is on scientific information dissemination rather than being a tourist trap. There is so much to see and do and the focus is upon presenting everything in a quality manner. We paid the standard entry fee and pretty much everything was covered (with the execption of food) by that price. We even got to meet an astronaut which was absolutely thrilling. One of the things that impressed me most is that this place didn't nickel and dime you at every turn. Even the prices for the souvenirs in the gift shop were reasonably priced. This is a trip that every child - regardless of nationality - should do once in a lifetime.
My family and I went here in August. We learned a lot. Most of your time is spent inside buildings BUT when you are not in the buildings there is not much shade. Our favorite part was the Space Shuttle Launch Experience. That opened at 10 am and we were on the first launch. We then took the bus tour. There was a really long line but several buses pull up at once and they hold lots of people so it didn't seem like we waited long. Afterwards we saw an imax movie and then left. We were there until about 3:30. There are at least 2 imax movies so if you were going to see both - you would need the whole day.
It was enlightening, informative and fun. Bus tour and simulator ride included. An all day trip suitable for all ages. Lots and lots to do. I thought it was expensive at first but no $50 well spent. I even touched a moon rock.
Kent, United Kingdom
This was my husband's highlight of the holiday! Just a shame we visited on our last day as we could easily have gone back for a second visit. We stayed on the US192 and used the very basic map on Kennedy's leaflet to get us there. Worked a treat! Friends used their Satnav; it took them through Titusville and they ended up at the employee's entrance! Be prepared for tolls. Entrance fee was reasonable, around $50 each. We used a coupon to reduce the price slightly of each ticket. There is a lot to see and, unfortunately, we didn't have time to do it all. We did go on the bus tour; a great idea as the area is so vast. If you want to see and do everything I would suggest getting there at opening time! Meals available are typical, think theme park options. The souvenir shops seemed reasonably priced compared to anything at Universal. Be warned, you will be charged $10 to park. A great day & would totally recommend.
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Do Kennedy Space Center tickets have an expiration date?
The single admission ticket is valid 120 days from the date of purchase.
Do I need to call in advance to make a reservation?
For the Up-Close and Space Pass ticket type, you will need to call the phone number listed on your E-ticket voucher to confirm availability and set-up a tour time.
What does the single admission ticket at Kennedy Space Center include?
Admission tickets permit one entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to experience the Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, KSC General Bus Tour, Twin IMAX Theater 3-D Films, Special Viewing of Rocket Launches and Numerous Shows and Exhibits.
What are the Up-Close Tour options?
When you purchase the Up-Close Tour or Space Pass ticket type, you can choose from 3 tour options. Note: reservations are required by calling in advance and confirming availability.
KSC Up-Close Explore Tours - Visit NASA's KSC Headquarters, disembark on the NASA Causeway, stop for photo's outside the 525-foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and drive around Launch Pad 39B. Your tour guide will share historical facts and insights about each stop and answer questions about the space program.
KSC Up-Close Launch Control Center Tour - Visit the famous Launch Control Center where more than 150 Apollo and space shuttle launches were supervised. Stand in the helm of Firing Room 4, look out from the elevated "Bubble Room," snap a photo at the desk of NASA's Launch Director, drive past the former space shuttle launch pads and much more. Throughout the tour, your guide will point out historical landmarks and give real time updates on what's happening at the KSC.
KSC Up-Close Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tours - (limited availability Thurs - Sun). Visit Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where all current launches take place. See Launch Pad 26, Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Launch Complex 5/6, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Launch Complex 14, 19 and 34 and more. Your tour guide with share information about the sites visited and answer any questions.
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